CDI was built upon the success of the Noor Al Hussein Foundation’s 1989 Quality of Life - a pioneering regional model for integrated development and capacity building at the grassroots level, with support from the World Health Organization. It introduced sustainable improvements in healthcare, education, and economic productivity through training, gender-balanced participatory decision making, and the provision of revolving loan funds managed by the communities themselves.
Over the last decade, the model evolved to further promote entrepreneurship, enhance community mobilization and civil society’s role as effective agents for positive change. CDI introduced a novel incubation methodology where each micro or small enterprise receives tailored training at the business location as well as ongoing coaching and counseling. Civil society organizations, social enterprises, family businesses, women, and youth across Jordan are provided with business literacy, product development, market knowledge, and vocational training. Internship and apprenticeship opportunities are also accessible to improve livelihoods and resilience, particularly to youth and refugees.